Elaine Paton
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  • Wales
  • United Kingdom
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What I do:
Conceptual Theatre Director, Performer, Writer, Trainer/Teacher
A little more about me:
Elaine is a Welsh director, writer, performer and teacher, who honed her craft in Europe, as a pioneer of physical, site specific theatre that explored self-devised work. After working with groups such as Reflex Action, Chapter, Cardiff, Common Stock, London and K.I.S.S. International, Holland, Elaine was invited to
Sydney to perform in the Women in Theatre Project and went on to teach at CAREER PROFILE The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). Elaine continued to develop her unique training methodology, pulling together her experience as an ‘experimental’ performer with the method based training of The Drama Centre. After a successful career in performing, directing and teaching Elaine followed her passion for writing, graduating in 1998 with a BA in Communications from UTS, majoring in Writing, and Film. With a cross pollination of skills, Elaine’s collaborative approach to being a conceptual artist is nurturing creative partnerships throughout Wales, her particular interest being Mental Health and the Arts “In 2014, it was time to come home to Wales after experiencing an intense sense of Hiraeth. It’s
great to be back working in my hometown of Cardiff,” Elaine

DIRECTING credits include:
The Greeks, John Barton Road, Jim Cartwright Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?
Streetcar Named Desire Mary Barnes, David Edgar Just Between Ourselves, Hannie Raison

Full time staff member with:
National Institute of Dramatic Art, (NIDA) The Drama Studio, Sydney, The Actor’s Centre, Sydney, Australian Theatre for Young People, Arts Educational Trust, London, Holland, McDonald College of Performing Arts The Northern Rivers Writer’s Centre
Common Stock Community Theatre,London Reflex Action, Chapter Cardiff Theatre Clwyd, Mold
Nell Gwyne Repertory Hereford Oxford Playhouse Paupers Carnival, London Red Light Company, London KISS International, Holland
Won Australian Writer’s Guild /New South Wales Film and Television Office Mentorship Scheme 2002 ATOM Award as ABC Script Editor on Vanessa Gorman’s documentary “Losing Layla’ Varuna Writer’s Centre Fellowship - for her screen play ‘Grannie Grills’ based on the epidemic of thallium poisonings in the 1950’s SBS Short Animation Award for “Air”, scriptwriter
Projects I’m working on:
Moment(o)s of Leaving, March 2016 Artistic Director/Performer of this site specific, immersive, promenade, multi-media performance at Whitchurch Mental Hospital, Creative Producer
Sian Thomas. Funded by The National Lottery through Arts Council Wales, Cardiff and Vale Health Charity, Make It Better Fund. Creative Partner: Hearth Gallery. Moment(o)s of Leaving, June/ July 2015 Research & Development with Julia Thomas, at Whitchurch Mental Hospital, funded by Arts Council Wales. ‘In kind’ support from Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Moment(o)s R&D August 2016, g39. Hijinx Theatre Company, teaching at Academy 1 and 2. Assisting on Hijinx Odyssey’s ‘The Silent
Tin Soldier.’ University of South Wales, Teaching on the Performing Arts degrees course.
Good News from the Future,’ Mike Pearson, performing at Gwanwyn, National Dance Wales Wales Millennium Centre and at Cardiff Dance Festival, Chapter Arts Centre.

‘Good News from the Future,’ Mike Pearson’s newly formed group of mature physical theatre performers. Working at Chapter Arts Centre, we are-visiting the physical methodology and language that emerged out of Mike’s work with Cardiff Lab and Brith Gof, towards performing later in 2015.
Culture Colony Quarterly: Writing Theatre reviews and Feature Articles: http://issuu.com/ccqmag/docs/ccq6 Page 24 http://ccqmagazine.com/roof-richard-iii/ http://ccqmagazine.com/plugged-sibrwd/ http://ccqmagazine.com/good-clean-heart/
National Theatre Wales:
The Red Woman Project, director Gerald TylerThe Green Man Festival ‘A Whole Way of Life’ A new play written and directed by Alex Murdoch, rehearsed reading.
Mess Up The Mess Theatre Company: Holding Presentation/Acting workshops for their Community Action Projects as part of the Dream On programme. Working with different groups of disadvantaged or marginalised young people, exploring issues around Mental Health, Young Carers and Trans young peop
Shakespeare Schools Festival, Workshop Facilitator and Venue Director, touring theatres in South and West Wales, working with primary, Secondary and Special Needs schools.
Hijinx Theatre Company: Supporting Gaynor Lougher at Academy Workshops and the Christmas Special at WMC. Tutoring at the new, second Hijinx Academy later in 2015.
City Road’ performing in this self-devised, site specific, immersive live Pub Soap Opera during ‘Made In Roath Festival’, director Shane Anderson.
‘Betrayal’ by Harold Pinter, workshopped readings with Playgroupers, (supported by NTW) including performing via Skype from my bed and breakfast in Haverfordwest on the final night.
NTW Workout and Skill Swap: Supporting Lisa Turner Wells and Peter Scott at workout days, assisting with project developments and improvisations.
Scratch That Itch: Performing in readings of new plays.

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Opens Tonight Thursday, Friday and Saturday 16th, 17th and 18th April at 8pm Level 1, St Davids Hall Tickets only £5 when you quote NTWSOMEONE (Special offer for Members of the NTW community!) https://www.facebook.com/events/704599732968753/

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Posted on April 16, 2015 at 11:57

TEAM Workout Saturday 17th January 2015

Hi Everyone, Really looking forward to this Saturday's TEAM Workout in Newport. For anyone who hasn't yet come along to these days, I thought I would share my experience.   Arriving back to live in Cardiff last year, after a very long time living in Australia, one of the first NTW events I attended was a workout day in the WMC.   I am a writer/director/performer.   I am also an elder of the theatrical tribe!  I might be experienced but I knew absolutely no one in the Welsh theatre community.…


Posted on January 13, 2015 at 16:15 — 2 Comments

Pub Soap Opera born out of NTW Workout! Come to The Roath Tavern tonight and tomorrow night at 6pm

Shane Anderson ignited our curiosity of performing a live, improvised Pub Soap Opera, at the recent NTW Workout days.  It was suggested that Shane and his merry band try this idea out during the Made In Roath Festival.  And so, City Road was born!   Watch the continuing saga of the crazy O'Driscoll family in Episode 4 tonight.   


Each episode of ’City Road’ is totally unscripted and built upon rehearsed improvisations. Each character is the creation of the actor…


Posted on October 21, 2014 at 12:54 — 1 Comment

The Gathering 12 - 14 September Snowdonia

Is anyone driving  from Cardiff to Snowdonia for The Gathering who I could car share with?   I am looking at places to stay in Bedgellert, which seems to be the nearest village.  It looks as if this will be an amazing experience.  Please contact Elaine on 0798 529 6956 or elainepaton16@gmail.com.  Let's hit the road!!

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 15:16 — 3 Comments

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At 15:18 on February 4, 2015, Luke Bevan said…

Hi Elaine 

What a fascinating bio! My name is Luke Bevan and I'm a theatre director working in Cardiff and Bridgend. I saw you at the Scratch that Itch night in Bridgend last week. I wonder if you would be interested in meeting up for a chat - I would love the chance to pick your brains? Drop me an email if this is good for you; luke-bevan@hotmail.co.uk. 

At 10:12 on January 17, 2015, Louisa Marie Lorey said…
Hi Elaine! Great to hear from you ... There was lots of running indeed! Haha hope your well :) xx
At 11:53 on January 15, 2015, Michaela Nutt said…

HI Elaine! Lovely to meet you the other day too! Yes let's get together and mourn Australian Summer soon xx

At 10:48 on October 6, 2014, Catherine Paskell said…

Hi Elaine, I'm really sorry but we have had to withdraw the offer of surgeries with John McGrath during Dirty, Gifted & Welsh. Would you be interested in meeting Lisa Maguire instead? She is a brilliantly inspiring woman, who was also Producer with Frantic Assembly before joining NTW. I'm sure she could answer any questions you may have had for John? Let me know and sorry again. Catherine x

At 16:40 on April 8, 2014, Shane Anderson said…

Bloody hell Elaine.... Is that you? Has to be. Drama Centre Group 15?  Never knew you were from Cardiff. Never thought I'd end up anywhere close to Cardiff. No room to rent alas or pet/house to sit just wanted to say hello and wish you the best.

Shane (grp 16) 


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